Gifts in the Gallery Grand Opening Nov. 21 at CityArts

Gifts in the Gallery Grand Opening Nov. 21
Show part of holiday shopping opportunities at CityArts

The holiday shopping season officially arrives at CityArts Saturday, Nov. 21 with the grand opening of Gifts in the Gallery from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Main Gallery. This boutique-style art show invites shoppers to pick out their favorite handcrafted art pieces and take them home that day to enjoy themselves or give as holiday gifts. During the sale, which extends through Saturday, Jan. 2, shoppers may also purchase gift certificates for CityArts art classes that start in January. CityArts is located at 334 N. Mead in Old Town Square.

“Gifts in the Gallery is a great opportunity to avoid those big box stores and support local artists by giving the gift of art,” said CityArts Artistic Director Lindsay Benacka.

The sale includes paintings, jewelry, pottery and more made by more than 60 local and regional artists. In addition, CityArts Potters, a group made up of CityArts pottery students and instructors, will have hundreds of pieces of pottery for sale with all proceeds going toward their trip to the March 2016 National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts convention in Kansas City.

Starting Dec. 4, the Gifts in the Gallery sale will be joined by a new exhibit in the Boardroom Gallery: “Illuminations and More,” photography by Wichitan Don Setser. The exhibition features photos of holiday luminary displays at Botanica and other Wichita nightscapes. Setser enjoys photographing landscapes, city scenes and single-subject photos. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries, sold to private collectors, published in magazines and on various websites. Most notably, his pictures have been included in the “Picture of the Day” and online gallery sections of the Smithsonian Magazine’s website.

Admission is free to CityArts’ galleries that are open 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. Visitors are invited to discuss Gifts in the Gallery and all of CityArts’ exhibitions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #WichitaCityArts. For more information, please call (316) 350-3245.

CityArts is a focal point for the arts in Wichita. Its mission is to provide education, information and artistic opportunities to the community through art education, gallery exhibitions and cultural entertainment. CityArts is home to the Arts Council, a group that works in partnership with the City of Wichita to advance and promote arts and culture in the Wichita community through advocacy, leadership, education and collaboration.